Orthodox Church, The (Revised Edition)
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By Timothy [Bishop Kallistos] Ware
Although there is no perfect introduction to the history and the theology and practice of the Orthodox Church, this book, written by an English speaking convert, is probably the best and most approachable available. Don’t neglect to read carefully the entire history, for the Church exists in space and time as well as in Eternity.
Since its first publication more than thirty years ago, Timothy Ware's book has become established throughout the English-speaking world as the standard introduction to the Orthodox Church. Orthodoxy continues to be a subject of enormous interest among western Christians, and the author believes that an understanding of its standpoint is necessary before the Roman Catholic and Protestant churches can be reunited. In this newly revised and updated edition he explains the Orthodox views on such widely ranging matters as Ecumenical Councils, Sacraments, Free Will, Purgatory, The Papacy and the relation between the various Orthodox Churches. In Part One, he describes the history of the Eastern Church over the last two thousand years with particular reference to its problems in twentieth-century Russia: and in Part Two he explains the beliefs and worship of the Orthodox Church today. Finally, he considers the possibilities of reunion between East and West. In this latest edition, he takes full account of the totally new situation confronting Eastern Christians since the collapse of Communism. Softbound. 358 pp.